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Sydney [Australia], May 24 (ANI): Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has been appointed as an assistant coach of the Australia men's team.

Vettori will be joined by Victorian Andre Borovec, and the duo will be under the leadership of head coach, Andrew McDonald.

Australia have a packed schedule across the next 18 months, which includes tours to Sri Lanka next month and India early next year, along with a 50-over World Cup in India starting in October 2023.

"I was really impressed with what I saw of the group in Pakistan in the way they approached preparation, planning and playing. It's a very strong and unified group which has the potential to have a very rewarding and hopefully successful period ahead," Cricket.com.au quoted Vettori as saying.

Notably, Vettori and McDonald have earlier coached Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, where the former was the head coach and the latter was the assistant.

Borovec and Vettori will commence their roles with the national side leading into the two-Test series of the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka.

Vettori played 113 Tests and 295 ODIs for New Zealand across an illustrious 18-year international career. He has been given a permanent position following a stint with the team during the white-ball leg of the Pakistan tour.

On the other hand, Borovec's appointment as a full-time assistant coach is rare given most coaches who progress to the international level generally have playing experience at least at the domestic level.

"Andre has been fantastic for the group when he has been involved as an extremely skilled and experienced high-performance coach. He is a great fit culturally and brings the skills to complement our high-performance specialists," said McDonald.

"I have worked with Daniel previously and could not speak more highly of his approach, work ethic and rapport he brings. His experience and balanced style are well documented. He is a great fit and will bring an enormous amount of knowledge to the team," he added.

Apart from this, Borovec will also coach Australia A in Sri Lanka prior to the Test Series alongside Australian women's team assistant coach Ben Sawyer and Sunny Kaliyar. (ANI)

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